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Spoke Event Saturday, Bikeshare, Bike Action Plan Updates & PARTY!

Join us Saturday afternoon for an Update & Input Meeting, followed by a family friendly Party to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of our Bike Action Plan

Please join us
DAY /DATE:    Saturday, November 22rd
TIME:              3:00pm Updates, Input & Discussion
immediately followed by BIKE ACTION PLAN PARTY
PLACE:            1640 5th Street, SM (south of EXPO)
- Private outdoor courtyard - please dress accordingly

Please RSVP@SMSpoke.org

We will be joined by special guests, City staff and local leaders to give updates and gather input on recently approved Bikeshare contract, Bike Action Plan Implementations: completed and in the pipeline, KIDICAL MASS, SAMOHI SRTS & MANGo Progress, EXPO & Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects, and more! As always YOUR INPUT is most valuable in this process.

SOBI Bikeshare bike will be there for you to check out!

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Exhibition: “Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″

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Chen Liu.

You are invited to join Airport 2 Park for the exhibition
“Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″
- for one night only

When:    Thursday October 23rd
Time:      6-9pm
Where:   Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station #1,
2525 Michigan Avenue, for one night only.
*Car pooling is encouraged bicycle valet will be provided by Santa Monica Spoke.

The Exhibition will feature the work of USC graduate landscape architect students, Christopher Sison, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Yongdan Chunyu who under the direction of internationally renowned landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian (FORGROUND Design) took a practical approach in choosing bicycles for the their site visit to Santa Monica Airport where they started working on a three month project to design a park to replace the controversial facility. The tour was lead by Airport2Park.org, a coalition of community groups and neighbors that formed to promote the creation of a great park on the land that is currently Santa Monica Airport. The exhibition is curated by Professor Michael Brodsky of Loyola Marymount University, Founding member of Airport2Park.

Professor Brodsky says this about the exhibition, “Very few people have actually seen the potential beauty and space that is currently fenced and covered with asphalt on the Santa Monica airport property. This site has such great potential for a park with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains that are currently only seen by the very few people that use it now.

“I feel that once people see this exhibition of talented graduate landscape architecture students, they will view the Santa Monica Airport site in an entirely new context; as one that can serve many more people in a variety of creative, healthy and sustainable ways than is currently served by the present industrial use.”

For additional information go to Airport 2 Park 

Santa Monica Malibu School Students Get READY TO ROLL for BIKE IT! WALK IT! Week

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One again Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students and staff are getting out their bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It! Week, October 7th -10th 2014.  

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”

Approximately 30 percent of District students at 14 different schools participate in the event, avoiding approximately 12,000 car trips.

The community is invited to join us this Saturday, October 4th for a Free Bike Rodeo (hosted at McKinley) to help prepare students to Get READY TO RIDE this week and every week! We love this year’s motto “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  that encourages students, staff and parents to walk, bike, scoot, skate or take the bus at least one “car-free” day per week. Beautiful!

Bike It! Walk It! and Safe Routes to School programs have been a collaboration and partnership between the City of Santa Monica, the District, Parent Teacher Association and supported by Santa Monica Spoke and other great community leaders. These efforts are to promote health, safety, environmental, and community benefits and improve safety by reduce traffic congestion near schools.
Bike It! Walk It! supports community engagement through environmentally friendly programing.

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  Roosevelt Elementary will begin the week with a Bike It Walk It Day on Tuesday, October 7.  Schools celebrating Bike it! Walk it! Day on Wednesday, October 8 include Lincoln Middle School, Olympic High School, Franklin Elementary and Santa Monica High School.  The remaining SMMUSD schools will participate on Friday, October 10, including Will Rogers Learning Community, Edison Language Academy, Grant Elementary, John Muir Elementary/Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), Franklin Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Marine Science School, John Adams Middle School, and Malibu High School.

We Support AB 1532 Hit & Run License Suspension, Assemblymember Gatto

Supporting Finish The Ride, an organization that is building a movement to raise awareness of hit and runs in California.  Supporting AB 1532 is just one part of Finish the Ride’s larger efforts to stem the rising epidemic of hit and run crimes across California.


 

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A community group dedicated
to walking & biking in Santa Monica.
Working to make the City of Santa Monica a
more sustainable, walkable
bikeable place to live, work and play.

June 10, 2014

The Honorable Mike Gatto
State Assemblymember, 43rd District
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 94249

RE: AB 1532 (Gatto): Hit-and-Run License Suspension: Support

Dear Assemblymember Gatto,

On behalf of Santa Monica Spoke, a Santa Monica walking and biking advocacy organization, I write in support of AB 1532, which would suspend the driver’s license of persons involved in a misdemeanor hit-and-run when a person has been struck.

With the alarming increase of hit-and-run incidents around the state, LA County and in the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Spoke has been working to increase the safety of people walking and biking in our city as well as awareness to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists up-and-down our state.

AB 1532 would provide a much needed deterrent to those who would strike people walking and biking and drive away, showing no concern for their fellow citizens. It is a measured approach that will help in the work that our group and other pedestrian and cycling groups do every day to make our streets safer.

For these reasons, Santa Monica Spoke is proud to support AB 1532

Sincerely,

Cynthia Rose
Director
Santa Monica Spoke

cc: Members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Tom Ammiano, Chairman

LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series, Workshop 2 MEMBERSHIP

Empowing Local AdvocatesWorkshop #2 (MEMBERSHIP) is scheduled for next week, Tuesday April 29th as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU – designed to give you all the tools you need to be stronger advocates to help our mission locally and for all our Local Chapters! HELP US SPREAD THE LOVE OF BIKING AND BIKE CULTURE IN OUR CITY and help us as an organization extend our reach, and grow our membership!

Refreshments will be provided - mingle with bike ambassadors throughout the city, local chapters, and other passionate volunteers. Hope to see you there!

We have grown as an organization to 11 Local Chapters throughout the County of Los Angeles and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to advocate in your local capacity.

Join us for the second workshop of the series – MEMBERSHIP
DATE:      April 29th 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:OOPM
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders about what we do as an organization and help grow our membership base.

At this workshop you will learn:

- Why we are membership-based
- What membership benefits are
- How this advances advocacy locally
- How to sell membership
- What our Bike Month and Membership Drive opportunities are

The website has been updated to include March’s “OUTREACH” workshop presentation for those who were not able to attend. Also you can refer to this page to get updates on the presentations and updated event flyers for each future workshop.

Please RSVP here and spread the word!! Please contact Alek@la-bike.org with any questions Facebook event.

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ANNENBERG COMMUNITY BEACH HOUSE 5th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 272F3D9D68-1299-473E-9EEC-90C8AE696C0F

An Open House Celebration that Invites the Public to Stop by and Discover this Community Gem

On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 5-acre public beach facility nestled along the Santa Monica coastline, with spectacular ocean views, a children’s playground, art gallery, historic pool, and the original Marion Davies Guest House. This weekend-long community open house will feature a variety of free family-friendly programs including beach activities and games; fitness and ballroom-style dance classes; music and dance performances; tours of the historic Guest House and grounds; and more.

WHAT: This two-day celebration invites visitors to stop by and enjoy one of the City’s community treasures. With free programs and activities happening throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to drop in and check out the fun. From a morning yoga class, to an interactive bubble making show, or a sunset picnic and screening of silent comedy Show People starring Marion Davies, the celebration offers an exciting array of activities with something for everyone to enjoy. Guests are encouraged to bike or walk to the Beach House, since parking is extremely limited. Free bike valet will be

provided. Additional public parking lots are located to the north and south of the Beach House.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 26 // 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.*
Sunday, April 27 // 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
*Please note different event end times

WHERE: Annenberg Community Beach House 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica

SEE FULL PROGRAM LIST OF BOTH DAYS EVENTS HERE

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It’s Almost here, CicLAvia April 6 2014: Iconic Wilshire Blvd

Open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks the April 6th, 2014 CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!

SM Spoke, Santa Monica feeder ride information here. As usual we plan to start at the top of the Santa Monica Pier.

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Click here to download a printable map    

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard transforms one of the legendary thoroughfares of Los Angeles on April 6. CicLAvia is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required and there is no starting or ending point along the route.
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard offers six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.

Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on CicLAvia day, participants can stroll through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados.

The CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route will connect One Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles to Fairfax Avenue along Miracle Mile. These two anchor hubs will feature pedestrian zones with performers, activities sponsored by several fantastic museums, programming by some of our community partners, food trucks and more. Additional hubs along the route include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.

No matter how you plan your trip, take advantage of CicLAvia’s free downloadable stories on Wilshire Boulevard and “The Modernist’s Guide to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard”, which are sure to enrich your experience as you travel through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution.

For info and options on WalkLAvia click here

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! See detour info below
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733  Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

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Rapid 10: CicLAvia Detour 4/6

 We encourage riders to participate in the event and to follow BBB’s bicycle guidelines when bringing a bike on board the bus.
Rapid 10 buses will be on detour in Downtown LA and from the first to last trip of the day on Sunday, April 6.
Towards Santa Monica
Regular route to Flower St. at 6th St., then buses will detour and turn left 6th St., right on Grand Ave. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Hope St.; instead use stop on Flower St. at 5th St.
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Grand Ave.; instead use stop on Grand Ave. at 9th St.
Towards Downtown Los Angeles
Regular route to Olive St. at 7th St., then buses will detour and continue on Olive St., turn left on 5th St., right on Figueroa St. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • 7th St. at Olive St., Hope St., and Figueroa St.; instead use stops on Olive St. at 9th St. or Figueroa St. at 5th St.
  • Figueroa St. at 6th St.; instead use stop on Figueroa St. at 5th St.
For assistance planning your trip, call Customer Service at 310-451-5444.
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Join me in Sacramento? Transportation Choices Summit 2014

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2014 is a year of tremendous opportunity for California’s communities.  Imagine our communities with world-class, affordable public transit, walkable, bikeable streets, and homes affordable and accessible to all.  That’s what’s possible. With millions of new cap-and-trade revenue, California is now deciding how to best spend that money. You and I have the opportunity to tell legislators how this money can and should make a difference in our daily lives.

This will be my third year participating in the important summit and lobby day at our state capital. I invite you to join me in Sacramento at the Transportation Choices Summit on Tuesday, April 22 and at the optional Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 23rd. We’ll learn about the latest legislative developments and strategize with community advocates from around the state.  Together, we can build a movement to transform transportation and improve the lives of all Californians. There are low-cost and no-cost options to attend. Click here to learn more and register at: http://transform.nonprofitsoapbox.com/2014statesummit

2014 Advocate of the Year finalist Cynthia Rose

2014 Advocacy Awards Nominees: Advocate of the Year

Oscars_captioned_image_-_600_wideMany nominations are received for the Advocacy Awards. This year over 80 people were nominated for Advocate of the Year. We are very proud our Director Cynthia Rose is among the 10 finalists for Advocate of the Year 2014! We invite you to visit the Alliance website to view the full list of Advocacy Award nominees this year. When you read the accomplishments of these dedicated individuals it is no wonder we are seeing the momentum for walking and biking building in the US. The Alliance Advocacy Awards are held in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. The 2014 Advocacy Awards ceremony, presented by Bicycling Magazine, will be held on the evening of Monday, March 3, 2014 at RFD.

Hokie as it may sound, it is such an honor to be nominated and in the company of such incredible finalists. Though I don’t know them all I am privileged to have worked with several of them. I am especially honored to share this list with my friend and colleague on the California Bike Coalition Board of Directors, Samantha Ollinger. She is founder and Executive Director of Bike San Diego. Sam “blamed” me for inspiring her into her current role – I say Sam is a brilliant example of getting the job done, with class and efficiency. SHE is indeed an inspiration!  And not to be left out – I could not do what I have done without the years of commitment and dedication of the Santa Monica Spoke Steering Committee, the talented and engaged City staff and our community – YOU ALL are helping set the climate of the future – Thank you!!
With incredible advocates and national organizations like the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists – WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE WILL ALL INDEED BE WINNERS!
Cynthia Rose

Advocate of the Year
This award goes to an individual leader of a bicycling and/or walking advocacy organization who has shown tireless commitment to promoting bicycling and walking in his/her state/community. This person goes above and beyond the call of duty to transform his/her state/community into a great place for biking and walking. His or her time, knowledge, creativity, and commitment are the highest standard of excellence exemplifying a role model for peers.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose.
We depend on donations and support to keep our advocacy going here in Santa Monica and the region. We are raising funds to cover costs to send Cynthia to the National Bike Summit 2014. The Summit also includes the second annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum, a showcase of great ways to get more women on bikes.
Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover costs of the Summit in Washington DC and lobby for change at the National Level! Find out how to donate and pledge your support here

Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke

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As Director of Santa Monica Spoke, Cynthia has worked tirelessly to make Santa Monica a better place to bike, walk, and live – all in an upaid volunteer capacity. As a founder, she has built SM Spoke into a highly respected voice for change via numerous local and regional alliances. The organization has become a key partner for the city, credited with playing a key role in the creation of the city’s Bicycle Action Plan. Cynthia has also been at the forefront of forming the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Local Chapter Program, of which SMSpoke is the inaugural chapter. The Local Chapter Program is key in reaching all 88 municipalities in vast Los Angeles County.